Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Summer Cheeses

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

For reasons unknown, cheese seems to be an afterthought or merely a garnish ingredient in summer cooking. For most, the summer diet is centered on the almighty grill and the fresh flavors of colorful fruits and vegetables. However, just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean you have to stop eating cheese.

Two of the most versatile – not to mention delicious – summertime cheeses are Chevre and Brie. Both are ideal for warm weather eating!

 

1. Chevre

This slightly salty and fresh tasting cheese with a rich texture tastes great with mixed vegetables, crunchy greens, and sweet, citrus fruits. The tangy acidity pairs well with white wines such as, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. (Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette pictured.)

2. Brie

The fresh milky note and remarkably creamy texture of this cheese tastes delicious on its own and can also be enjoyed in several ways. Served with fruit compote, light summer pasta, or on top a grilled burger, this cheese will enhance any flavor profile. (Exotic Lamb Burger with Herbed Brie pictured.)

Festive Wine & Cheese Christmas Party Pairings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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The holidays are almost here. That means it’s the season of holiday parties! People everywhere are decorating their houses, planning their winter vacations and most importantly coming up with the most delicious and festive recipes for seasonal gatherings!

Why not to add a wine and cheese tasting element to your party? All you need is some of your favorite cheeses and wines and you will delight your guests with fantastic and flavorful pairings.

Here’s several pairing suggestions to get you started:

- Port wines are are a perfect counter point to salty cheeses like Roquefort

- Pink rosé wines pair well with full-flavored blue cheeses

- Sweet wines make a delicious pairing with Brie as well as hard cheese like Etorki or Fol Epi

- Sparkling wine is great with creamy cheeses like Brie and Camembert

- White wines are perfect with rich and smooth Goat Cheese

Check out our full archive of wine and cheese pairing tips!

Have a Happy Holidays!

Cheese around the web

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; summer dipping, cheese as a bestseller and a wine weekend.

- Cheese Sells via navytimes.com Cheese overtakes cigarettes as No.1 seller in commissaries

- Summer Dipping via foxnews.com Check out these tips for fresh summer dips.

- Mandalay Bay Wine Weekend via travelweekly.com Third Annual Aureole Las Vegas Wine Weekend with Cheese Tasting.

Have a cheese-loving dad?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

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Father’s Day coming closer – do you know what to get for your dad?

If you’re dad loves cheese, a gourmet cheese basket will be the perfect gift. To make the perfect gift basket, we’ve collected some tips for you:

Create variety: You should choose from your dad’s favorite cheeses! Don’t pick a cheese twice – you can easily add further variation by including cheeses with different texture and from different milk types: goat, cow and sheep’s.

Choose the right size: Gift baskets look best if they are overflowing.

Pick matching accompaniments: Cheese can be enjoyed with a variety of food & beverages! Pick a bottle of your dad’s favorite beer or wine and add some crackers, baguettes, fruits, preserves or sausages! It’s best to pick the same number of accompaniments as cheeses.

Follow these tips and your cheese basket gift is sure to be a hit with dad.

United States of Wine

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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It needs only two ingredients to make wine – yeast and grape juice. Wine can actually be made with any juice, but the majority is made from grapes. During fermentation process, the yeast converts sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The yeast has impact on the taste of wine as well. Factors like strain of yeast or the temperature during fermentation play an important role in forming the wine’s flavor. The type of grapes, soil and climate effect taste as well.

Considering the great diversity in American landscapes and climates it is quite surprising that there are in fact wineries in all 50 states. States like California, New York and Washington are well known to be produce lots of wine, but you might be surprised at the quality of wines made in cold Alaska, tropical Florida and everywhere else in America.

The American wine industry is growing and increasingly reflects the diversity of gourmet food. But when it comes to wine and food its often best to stick to the most classic paring of all – Wine & Cheese!

This delicious pairing brings out the best in each. Pairing wines and cheese is simple.

White wines go best with soft & stronger cheeses. Red wines make a perfect match with milder flavored and hard cheeses. The ground rule is – the more pungent the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be.

For your perfect wine & cheese indulgence, we’ve collected some pairing ideas for any occasion:

Wine and Brie Cheese

Cheese with Sweet Wines

Rich Brie & Creamy Port

Wines to serve with raclette

Wine, Cheese and Fruit

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

Tart-sweet Cranberries & Creamy Brie

Summertime Cheese and Fruity wines

Salads make a perfect dish for warm summer days!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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Appetites decrease during hot summer days because people don’t feel like eating hot meals. Salads make the perfect dish for either lunch or dinner because they are fresh and light! Also, your body needs more energy on hot days and salads help meet your daily nutrition needs.

Our hearty Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, accompanied by a crusty loaf of bread or fruits and vegetables on the side can be served as a main course.

Here are some other fresh salads to serve on warm summer days!

Saint Albray and Watercress Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette & Walnuts

Fresh Tabouleh with Caprice des Dieux

Rocket spring salad with Suprême cheese

Fruity Spring Salad with Bleu d’Auvergne

Tomato Watermelon Salad by Sarah

To make it perfect, we suggest cool sparkling waters, ciders or light wines!